Community Development Manager (England)

  • Job Reference: CDME2
  • Date Posted: 3 April 2024
  • Recruiter: CILIP
  • Website:
  • Location: CILIP offices/hybrid or remote (based in England)
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £36,374
  • Sector: Not for Profit/Charities, CILIP HQ Jobs, Knowledge and Information Management
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

Community Development Manager (England)

Full Time 35 hours per week | Permanent | Hybrid | Closing Date 27 April 2024
Salary £36,374 per annum
(the salary reflects the hybrid nature of the role and will be adjusted to £31,916 based on a remote working contract)

Job Reference: CDME2 (please quote on any correspondence)

Based in England, this role has four main areas of focus:

  • Supporting CILIP’s Communities in their engagement with CILIP HQ by building strong relationships with them, ensuring effective two-way communication with each Community, maintaining and developing training materials, being the face of CILIP and responding to administrative and governance enquiries.
  • Driving change and improvements in our Communities by collaborating with them to ensure they benefit fully from CILIP’s Digital Transformation Programme and other initiatives.
  • Collaborating with the Communities to ensure strategic alignment with CILIP HQ strategy and to ensure they are allocated annual funding as needed.
  • Facilitating the CILIP Member Council quarterly meetings and helping ensure the Council is as effective as possible.

Click here to view the full candidate briefing pack.

About CILIP’s Communities

CILIP’s professional peer communities are at the heart of what we do.

We have over 30 special interest groups (SIGs), regional networks and diversity networks. We also have groups covering the devolved nations of Wales and Northern Ireland and an affiliated body in Scotland, CILIPS.

Our professional peer communities are run and led by volunteer committees. Each community produces newsletters and events and the larger ones run annual conferences. Some produce journals and blogs and contribute their subject matter expertise to CILIP’s policy-making.

Our professional peer communities have been described by one of our members as our secret weapon. They noted “They are where we go for sector specialisation and for real networking. SIGs are where we discuss complex problems, have deeper conversations and access affordable local training.”

75% of members see our professional communities as a key attractor for joining CILIP and staying with us. Members rank membership of our communities in their top three membership benefits.



The Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is the UK’s library and information association. We promote education, literacy and prosperity for all by raising standards in libraries, information and knowledge management. We work to improve services, develop our members’ expertise and champion the sector. We are the only independent voice for the UK’s information profession. We are guided by our Royal Charter to develop and improve library and information services.

Why work for CILIP?

  • Ability to play your part in making a positive impact on the library, knowledge and information profession.
  • Working for an organisation actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the profession through initiatives including Apprenticeships, its Workforce Mapping Survey, its diversity networks and embedding this thinking into its programming and policies.
  • Working for an organisation promoting sustainability through its Green Libraries programme.
  • Benefit from a strong benefits package including:
    • Generous pension scheme (employer contribution of 10%, employee contribution of 5%) including death in service benefit
    • 25 days' annual leave plus public holidays
    • The option to buy up to 5 days' additional annual leave.


The role is offered as either:

  • Hybrid basis with a minimum of two days per week spent in CILIP’s London offices located within the British Library.
  • Fully-remote basis anywhere in England. The successful candidate will be expected to attend four all-staff meetings in London every year with travel funded by CILIP.
CILIP is an equal opportunities employer and committed to championing diversity, inclusion and representation. We particularly welcome applications from people from under-represented groups. For more information on how we are embedding diversity at the heart of CILIP and its work visit our website

Registered Charity No 313014

How to apply

Alongside your CV, please send a letter of application detailing your reasons for applying, what skills and knowledge you can bring to the role and how you meet the criteria in the person specification in the role description. Applications should quote reference CDME2 and be emailed to for the attention of the HR Manager.


Interviews will be one hour long and held on Teams. They will consist of a series of competency-based questions and a 10-minute presentation. Successful candidates will be advised of the topic of the presentation when the interview is scheduled.

Proposed interview dates: Friday 10th May and Wednesday 15th May

If you need any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please do let us know.